The Insufferable and Political Media Stupidity Around “The Russian Bounty” Narrative…

In case you might have missed the latest faux-controversy assigned by political operatives to the media narrative engineers, the issue surrounds leaked sketchy intelligence reports, to the New York Times, claiming Russians were willing to pay Taliban members to kill U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.  The evidence provided by the Times includes:

(New York Times Graphic Source)

From this tenuous evidence footnoted with “according to multiple officials familiar with the intelligence”, democrat operatives in media desperately clutch their pearls and stake out another batch of apoplexy claiming President Trump is not doing anything about it.

Setting aside for the moment that nothing claimed by media or the DNC political operatives in/around capitol hill has any substantive intelligence to prove the claim, let’s first look at the underlying premise: ‘Russians are paying the Taliban to kill American soldiers.’

First, obviously these same voices need to ignore that in 2010 Iran was paying insurgent fighters in multiple fields of combat including Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, to kill Americans. Those well-documented examples must be overlooked because despite the overwhelming evidence the Obama administration paid Iran over $170 billion in cash and entered a nuclear deal with them.  Once again, in order to retain their left-wing political position the media must pretend not to know things.

Iranian bounties on American soldiers during the 2010 Obama administration were rewarded. Contrast that against unsubstantiated rumors of Russian bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan in 2020 being the most horrific and alarming situation in history.

It was reported in 2010 that five Iranian companies were winning construction contracts in Afghanistan funded with foreign aid. The money was sent back to Iran via the underground hawala money transfer networks and was used to pay Taliban fighters $200 per month. If they kill a U.S. soldier, they get a $1,000 bonus and a $6,000 bonus for the destruction of a military vehicle. Bounties began being offered as early as February 2005, when a U.S. government document reported that Iran was offering $1,470 for the killing of Afghan soldiers and $3,841 for the death of Afghan officials.

Taliban and similar terrorists are also trained in Iran and are paid for their time. Hundreds go to Zahedan in the winter. The first month is focused on learning how to attack convoys without getting captured. Improvised explosive devices (IED) are the trade taught in the second month. In the last month, attacks on military outposts are simulated.  (LINK)

Again, ignoring that Iran also funds Hezbollah, which involves payments for the killing of U.S. and allied western soldiers, the politics of the narrative engineers are so hypocritical they are choking.

Additionally, when Russia invaded Afghanistan, guess who was paying the Mujahideen to kill Russians?  Yup, that would be USA.  Not only did we pay the Mujahideen (the early Taliban) to kill Russians, we also supplied all the arms and munitions they needed to do it.  The U.S. were paying bounty for the killing of Russians.  Hypocrisy much.

Decades later, when U.S. President George W Bush invaded Iraq, again we put bounties on the heads of Iraq commanding officers we wanted to kill or capture.  Anyone remember the paying cards with the faces and names of the targets?

Oh, and lets not forget the billions that President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta spent on bounties in Libya and Syria where we gave money and weapons to al-Qaeda factions to kill Libyan and Syrian soldiers.

All bounties are not created equal I guess.

The entire argument underpinning the pretext of the claim is ridiculous.  However, what’s even more ridiculous is how the media has to set aside all prior information and all pretense of journalism in order to sell a narrative that, even if true, is nothing more than a continuation of proxy war fighting where the U.S has been the largest financial player in history.

Does Russia pay elements, possibly Taliban in Afghanistan, to maintain a forceful position against the U.S.?  Hell, I would certainly think the answer is yes.  Why should Russia be more magnanimous to our Afghanistan boondoggle than we were to theirs?

Does Russia pay the Taliban directly to kill Americans?  There is no direct evidence supporting that claim; and specifically the U.S. intelligence apparatus including the NSA, CIA, NSC and ODNI have said there’s no such direct evidence; but that’s not really the point is it.

Even if there was direct evidence that Russia was offering bounties against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, how is that different from Iran offering bounties against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan during the Obama administration?

The entire premise of the outrage is ridiculous; and too make matters worse the number one facilitator of U.S. bounties paid to kill foreign fighters is Senator Lindsey Graham.

FUBAR.

Ayman Al Zawahiri and Osam Bin Laden

Mohamed Al Zawahiri was on the CTH radar since his release from prison in March 2011 during the Egyptian Islamist uprising.   The interim “governing” Egyptian leaders released Mohamed Al Zawahiri after they permitted the Muslim Brotherhood to re-organize following 30 years of banishment.   The Brotherhood then opened the jails to release all the Hosni Mubarak captured prisoners.

Mohamed al Zawahiri was the guy who coordinated and called for the protests at the U.S. embassy in Cairo September 11, 2012.  He is also the guy who coordinated with the Benghazi rebels in 2011 to assist their uprising against Libyan leader Qaddafi.

President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Leon Panetta paid these guys.

Mohamed planned to coordinate efforts in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia and Turkey toward al-Qaeda North Africa (AQIM).  Meanwhile his brother, Ayman al Zawahiri, continued the same efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, while aligned with AQAP (al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsular).

In 1999, security forces picked up Mohamed Al Zawahiri in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where he had settled with his family and was working as an engineer for a construction company.

He claims UAE authorities tortured him for four months — at the behest of the CIA — in an attempt to extract information about his brother. During that time, Zawahiri says, he offered to mediate between his brother and the West, something he believes could have prevented the Sept.11 attacks, but his overtures were rebuffed by UAE officials.

In 1999, he was extradited to Egypt to face terrorism charges related to Sadat’s assassination and conspiracy to topple the regime — charges he denies, but he was jailed by Mubarak in Egypt.   He was later acquitted upon appeal, but Mubarak refused to let him leave prison.   He remained in jail until March of 2011 when he was released.

Zawahiri spent the following five years in solitary confinement in Egypt’s notorious underground prisons. There, in a 6-by-6-foot cell with no access to sunlight, he says, he was repeatedly waterboarded, electrocuted, and subjected to sleep deprivation.

His family had no idea where he was, or even if he was alive, until it emerged that the United States wanted his DNA to compare it to a skull found in a cave in Afghanistan — one that might belong to his brother Ayman.

Zawahiri thinks that militant Islamist movements pose a big enough threat that the United States will ultimately yield to his demands. “Hundreds or thousands of attempts may fail, but one can succeed and destroy the Western civilization,” he writes in his proposal, citing al Qaeda’s attempts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and the escalation of violence in Iraq. “The next hit or string of attacks cannot be anticipated. No single group or persons can force themselves to control the situation or prevent it.”

Learn about his approach and his intentions in this article.

Judging by what the “West” has put this guy and his family through, it would be pretty darned difficult to think of him burying the hatchet per se’, without his intention to bury it deep in the psyche of the United States.

Apparently, “we” have created this monster, “we” have hardened him, and subsequently he holds MAJOR street cred with all factions of radical Islam.   This guy is a Martyr in life, he did not need death.  He says “pull the trigger” – everyone shoots.  

Given Mohamed’s  enormous Islamist pulpit, he will leverage influence over multiple varying factions within all of the aforementioned radicals (al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, Taliban, Salafists, Brotherhood etc).

Guess what happened next?…. Yep,  ISIS !

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111 Responses to The Insufferable and Political Media Stupidity Around “The Russian Bounty” Narrative…

  1. Caius Lowell says:

    Because Democrats care very, very much about the American military…

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    • bertdilbert says:

      The Taliban stash of money found was likely the Pelosi’s cut she gets for funding the Taliban. They need a distraction!

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      • tax2much says:

        I guess the media forgot about us supplying arms and money to the Afghans during the Soviet occupation. I would be surprised if Russia wasn’t paying bounties.

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        • bertdilbert says:

          I always wondered if when Bin Laden worked for our side in Afghanistan, if we did not screw him over and 911 was payback.

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        • Carolyn Harlan says:

          Charlie Wilson kept coming to mind as I read this – does anyone think President Carter knew what he was up to in Afghanistan?

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        • Carolyn Harlan says:

          Charlie Wilson kept coming to mind as I read this – does anyone think President Carter knew what he was up to in Afghanistan?

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          • MLK says:

            Timing is never coincidental in matters such as this.

            While it’s being fed into the news cycle with the obvious objectives in mind, unless I miss my mark it’s wholly connected to Barr/Durham and the recent public revelations on the Obama White House’s role in the criminal conspiracy against Trump.

            Note that the original NYT story contained fabrications that forced the White House and letter agencies to discuss their handling of “raw intelligence.” Specifically, whether reports that the Russian government was paying bounties for operations against American personnel in Afghanistan was brought to President Trump’s attention and if not why not.

            You can see where I’m going, the implied counter-intelligence imperative proffered here — Better Safe Than Sorry — is intended as a defense of the entire chain of government officials engaged in the counter-intelligence ops against Trump (et.al.).

            One big tell in this regard is the reappearance of “Verified” and “Unverified.” The story forced out details in this regard which are favorable if applied to the malefactors. DO you think it’s sheer coincidence that, one again, the NSA is said to have had lower confidence in this intelligence?

            A word to the wise, if you just plug-n-play what Democrats and their Allied Media are currently asserting about the ‘Russia Bounties’ story you’ll know exactly what their defenses are going to be when we enter the next phase of Barr/Durham.

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            • frances says:

              Very good point, thank you

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            • MLK says:

              MSDNC and Fake News CNN were shouting the following today:

              1) “What did the President know and when did he know it?” Specifically, they mentioned once again whether it was in the PDB.

              We here know the Obama administration’s revealing late stage PDB malefactions. This current jibber jabber seems designed to provide cover for former President Obama regardless of his deep involvement throughout the conspiracy against Trump.

              2) Susan Rice is apparently claiming that she would have “marched into the Oval Office” and told Obama about raw intelligence like this regardless of its assessed veracity.

              I doubt I need to explain how this line of reasoning is protective of her and Obama.

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      • nckhawk says:

        It’s unfortunate that the pallet loads of cash that Obama sent to Iran was intentionally untraceable.

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        • Marilyn Shealy says:

          They probably have flight logs, as to where those planes went, I would bet they could find if they went looking for them.That money was probably delivered in military planes.

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      • madeline says:

        I would love for the, person from the “intellegence community,” would leak the money found was the Pelosi’s cut she gets for funding the Taliban.

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    • They ‘liked’ us so much during Vietnam that their right arm, MSM
      (NYT and the Washington Post lead the parade)
      convinced America that WE were the enemy.
      Sadly, sufficient ‘americans’ bought it and it was not only
      ugly for returning combatants but those who served stateside
      (Worst was when I served in aviation commands and the Pentagon)

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      • Caius Lowell says:

        That must have sucked — thank you for your service

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        • Jan says:

          I have always hated the way the media, the government & Americans not knowing one damn thing about the Vietnam war, treated our men & women coming back. I know a few vets. It wasn’t easy coming back & being booed. One I know still has PTSD.

          I salute your service, Blackraven.

          They didn’t draft women in what would have been my draft yr. Had they, more Americans might have died. I’m a klutz, nearsighted & off -balance, even when I’m sober.

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          • bertdilbert says:

            We have brought war to our soils where we get to boo each other for wearing or not wearing masks. You are either wearing the gang colors or not.

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      • 4EDouglas says:

        Yep I worked with a Captain that was a Viet Vet. He was there when a certian Dan Rather showed up a base he was flying out of that day. to pu tit bluntly Rather was not welcome. All the MSM of the day was collaborating with the enemy. My friend said that he TET offensive was disaster for the N.Vietnamese and the Cong-but you wouldn’t know it by watching the
        C-BS news..
        Now the media is not as believed which is a good thing.
        Thank you for your service.

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    • suejeanne1 says:

      If the New York Times and other narrative engineers want to pursue this idea of Russians paying the Taliban to kill Americans and President Trump purportedly “looking the other way” or “not caring” – then since they have presented this latest bunch of bullshit, I say beat them like a drum with the truth about Iran and the Iran Deal and Obama –

      beat it like a drum!

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    • John says:

      Yes,just remember Vietnam.

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    • stripmallgrackle says:

      It’s a god thing Brian Stelter has no hair, or it would be on fire. Hey, maybe he’s had a few too many hair on fire moments and that’s why he’s bald. If he’s looking for things to panic about, maybe someone should remind him that the Mars Candy Company put red M&M’s back into the mix.

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  2. Eric says:

    I don’t think average Americans are even listening to stuff like this anymore. It’s become background noise.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Yes, but right now a whole bunch of people are sitting home jobless at present with naught to do. They are ripe for juicy gossip as entertainment.
      Sad, is it not?
      One wonders how this is not treasonous.

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    • hawkins6 says:

      This is an excellent article but unfortunately it likely won’t get the attention it deserves due to present circumstances.
      ie constant news of Police budgets slashed or being defunded, increased crime reports….

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    • mike says:

      That’s the whole point,
      Liberals/liberal media throw misinformation and lies a distorted parallel to truth (Iranian terrorism financed by O vs new media tales about Russia) so that you are confused and/or lose interest and tune out everything.

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  3. This is nothing, as we get closer to November they will though every piece of shit available to beat the President and shut down Durham…We ain’t seen nothing yet…

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  4. Magabear says:

    This latest MSM fake news attack is a really scraping the bottom of the fake news barrel. They just make s**t up.

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    • prtomr says:

      Ah yes, as in Russia, Russia, Russia, Stzrok’s rewriting of the FD 302 to convict LtG Flynn, etc, etc, etc.

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    • Anon says:

      Even the Progressives ain’t buying it:

      RAY McGOVERN: Russiagate’s Last Gasp

      One can read this most recent flurry of Russia, Russia, Russia paid the Taliban to kill GIs as an attempt to pre-empt the findings into Russiagate’s origins.

      https://consortiumnews.com/2020/06/29/ray-mcgovern-russiagates-last-gasp/

      Which only leaves the mindless folks still watching Rachel Maddow.

      In a few more years the MSM will be like a theater where all the actors come to put on a play and no one shows up to watch. They are starting to become a caricature of themselves. Like the German Radio during the last days of World War II, ensuring the population that the war was being won, while the bombs fall outside the listener’s door.

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    • dawg says:

      And I think it doesnt even deserve a response from PT or the administration, at least nothing more than what has already been said.

      Dont let them control the narrative by engaging with them!

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  5. Hans says:

    Might as well cut to the chase… no reporter in the press briefing is smart enough to pull this off..

    IMHO this sounds like Clapper and Brennan..coordinated to drive a wedge between the US and Russia .. Hillary had no problem selling uranium to Russia.. but that was then Hillary and Obama.. And let us not forget that congress approved the sale. Democrat and Republican

    Harry Reed and Mitch McConnel strike a bell.

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  6. Jase says:

    When this ‘story’ first broke I was genuinely puzzled as to how anybody could generate outrage about it.
    As pointed out here, even if true, it is pretty much standard operating procedure by anybody playing in the Middle East sandpit.
    This is a ‘dog bites man’ story.
    I can only assume the Democrats fear that news about something else, completely unrelated in any thing but the word ‘Russians’, and very damaging to Democrats, is about to break.

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  7. SanJac says:

    Doesn’t the state department continue sending our tax dollars to Lebanon and it’s paid to terrorists to kill our military personnel ?

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  8. thrawlbrauna says:

    I saw this on Twitter a week ago. They had at least 3-4 competing hashtags for it. It had them all so whipped up and frothing at the mouth.. The reality however is sure to get them right in the letdowns though..

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  9. VoteAllIncumbantsOut says:

    Yup, we saw this coming.

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  10. CorwinAmber says:

    I spent more than 40 years wondering if today was the day I needed to set my boss’ hair on fire…I rarely did, preferring to figure out ways to deal with the situation without involving the commander who already was up to his ass in alligators without me adding to the total. Of course, I knew full well that if everything “went South”, so to speak, there’d be hell to pay because I had “withheld” important info, sigh, but that’s what ya gotta do sometimes. So, if every damn rumour was constantly brought to the attention of POTUS, he’d never accomplish anything…it would be a total information overload.

    I am reminded of a story I heard years ago (might even be true, who knows) – apparently Begin felt that Meir had been let down by Israeli intel who had failed to adequately warn her of the Egyptian buildup prior to the Yom Kippur War in 1973, so he demanded to see all the raw intel daily rather than be fed the analysis sifted thru by the “experts”. Well, after a few days, he was so overwhelmed with rumours and rumours of war, that he gave up and went back to the old system. Some things never change…but, hey, what do I know?

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  11. Right to reply says:

    God bless POTUS and family. I cannot begin to imagine the stress they are ALL under. Thank you, thank you, for what you are doing for America.

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  12. Debra says:

    I think this version of the Russia story ‘had to break’ because SLO-Joe had his speech already practiced and any deviation from the story would have made him look like a bumbling idiot . . . oh, wait.

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  13. 335blues says:

    I’m thinking the Taliban cash came from the pallet of millions Obama sent to Iran.
    They are all muslim brotherhood. Just ask General Flynn.

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  14. texasooz57 says:

    I really like the way Kayleigh bitch-slapped the stupid media today about the classified intelligence leaks to the NYT and the irresponsible, dangerous journalism of the NYT on this issue. And she did it in her usual classy way.

    She and Sidney Powell are modern day heroines.

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  15. islandpalmtrees says:

    If the money for killing of Russian soldiers in Afghanistan was being paid by the CIA.

    Then perhaps its safe to say that U.S. soldiers being killed by the Taliban are being paid by the KGB, now called the FSB.

    After all, it’s hard to believe that the local terrorist could take his Russian or American check to the local embassy for cashing.

    The point is were is all this money for killing by proxy coming from? And, why would we want to even be involved? Could the American proxy killing money be coming from the Chinese drug running?

    I frankly, I find the thought of this morally void.

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    • Sentient says:

      Afghanis have been killing foreign occupiers for centuries – if not millennia – predating Islam, even. Why would the Russians pay someone to do what they’re going to do anyway? It’s a waste of money. We armed the Mujahedin, and the US was the biggest supporter of the Talban pre-9/11, but there hasn’t been any evidence of Russia arming the Taliban. This is just more Russiagate bullcrap meant for the same rubes who believe the story that American cities have recently been torched by “white supremacists” or that Assad used poison gas. It’s just lie after lie after lie from the establishment media and their “intelligence community” henchmen.

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      • Deplorable_Infidel says:

        “Afghanis have been killing foreign occupiers for centuries – if not millennia – predating Islam, even.”

        The only way we got our “way” over there chasing the Taliban is because we had to pay tribute to each individual tribal leader.

        Payment consisted of wads of $100 U.S. Federal Reserve Notes and bottles of Viagra. A CIA operative that used to make those deliveries is retired now and living in Florida.

        I suppose the U.S. military being over there let the CIA control what happened to the opium poppy fields and the product after the harvest. However, he did not mention that to me when he was in NY. The way the CIA operates (compartmentalized), he probably would not know or have any involvement in the CIA’s clandestine narcotics operations.

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        • islandpalmtrees says:

          Just my speculation —

          China cannot move their drugs through Hong Kong to the world because of Secretary Wilbur Ross’s change in Special Trade Status, therefore China is now forced to find another path to market for their drugs.

          The logical path, for the Chinese drugs is now through Afghanistan because of the “Hong Kong Special Trade Status” change.

          “Safe Passage” through Afghanistan for the Chinese drugs must come at a cost or Hong Kong must regain its “Special Trade Status”.

          Now, we know that “Mitch McConnell Joins Nancy Pelosi – The UniParty is Alive and Thriving”. They want the U.S. Troops to remain in Afghanistan.

          Could the reason be, to guarantee “Safe Passage” for the drugs?

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    • Jeffrey Coley says:

      I’m sure our geopolitical enemies the Russians and Chinese are very glad to give money and other support to any movement that opposes America. And if the anti-American group is willing to kill Americans the Russians and Chinese will insure they never want for weapons and munitions.

      But this should surprise nobody. It’s what they do. We know this.

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  16. Skidroe says:

    They ( Dems) are running scared to death. Flynn is about to voice his knowledge. Durham stuff is about to be released. Ukraine’s are investigating Biden’s. Someone needs to ask who the real Dem Presidential candidate is because it sure isn’t Joe. Joe Biden couldn’t run a game of “horse”. So who will really be calling the shots? We all need to know before Nov. 3rd. You can not be just voting for Joe so who is it?

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    • gary says:

      nothing from brennan? comey? mccabe? hahahahaha. wonder why.

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    • The Deplorable Tina says:

      You’re supposed to just vote for it, THEN see what’s in it….

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    • Dutchman says:

      Not sure the POTUS has “called the shots” for some time, frankly.
      Bush jr is reported to have said something to the effect that Whoever sits behind the resolute desk, gets the same advice, from the same advisors.

      And, since PDJT, we see what happens to a POTUS who doesn’t play his part.

      So, who picks the advisors, and who is pulling the strings? WHO will be making policy decisions, should Biden win? A cabal with 4 people at the top,,IMHO.
      Majority and Minority leaders of both Houses of Congress. They hire the deep state, and set their budgets, salaries and perks. And, they can fire them.

      POTUS doesn’t do any of that, even though the administrative state theoretically works for him.

      I always figured my “boss” was the entity that could hire, fire, set my salary, perks and budget for my department, and THATS whose orders I took.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “We all need to know before Nov. 3rd. You can not be just voting for Joe so who is it?”

      Millions of [mostly deceived] Amerikans do not care who they are voting for, as long as it is not PDJT.

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    • Snellvillebob says:

      Is Flynn under an edict where he cannot reveal all the corruption he knows of in the intelligence community? Is this why Sullivan is dragging this case out?

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  17. Harlan says:

    Meanwhile, oblahma gets a pass for his incredibly dangerous “rules of engagement” which were certainly responsible for a significant number of actual casualties.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Harlan,
      IMHO, that was the intent of the ROE.
      I USED to believe many of these things done under Obummer were “unintended consequences, but when those consequences ALL go in the same direction, at a certain point you got to question that underlieing assumption.

      Once, …happenstance, you know?
      Fast/Furious gun running to drug cartels, ramped up the violence, motivating millions to head North.

      Feeding the growth of Isis, including with weoponry, and instigating the ‘uprising’ in the ME similarly motivated 10’s of Millions to leave their homes, cultures and countries, in a diaspora of refugees into europe and here.

      Well, just exactly HOW do you motivate large #’s of people to leave their homes?
      TERROR.

      And, coincidentally we see all these NGO’S spring up, to FACILITATE the movement of these people, in both areas, along with shadowy people movers,….

      The list goes on and on, of things that occurred as a direct result of Obama policies, that were BAD for U.S. interests, but that Obama and Co. can’t say were intentional,…so they are shrugged off as “oops, unintended consequences!”

      I ain’t buying it, not for a second.
      He wanted, and wants to still, “transform” America, and Congressional leadership is fully on board.

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  18. SD, excellent and detailed analysis (as usual).

    From the WH presser today, the propagandists were trying to make PDJT look incompetent (I know, what else is new).

    Propagandist commentaries were either the intelligence didn’t get to PDJT but should have; was in the PDB but PDJT didn’t read the PDB; or PDJT was aware of the intelligence but he didn’t act on it.

    …hum Zero was accused of not reading.the PDB. Alinsky “Rules for Radicals” Projection.

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  19. awake_millennial says:

    With all of the compromises to our freedoms and how we live life, the one thing that is absolutely untouched in all this is the freedom of the press. They have complete and total freedom and immunity from anything and everything.

    Barr has said it enough times that he is amazed at the complicity of the media during these absolute scandals going around. But he knows its more than comliciteness, that its aiding and abetting the bad actors within the scandals.

    There needs to be arrests within the media. And they need to be at the top all the way down. Being aware of, and participating in, false information or leaked information that results in people dying (riots), innocent people going to jail (Flynn, stone etc), or impeachment (trump), needs to be dealt with by seeing reporters and executives behind bars.

    We have tried the civil thing where citizens have sued media companies like CNN for defamation of character over fake news. It hasn’t changed a thing. People need to go to Jail. End of story.

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  20. Mathias says:

    The NY Times doesn’t have an intelligence source in the government, the NY Times is owned by a group of travelers, that runs our government.

    Why are we supposed to dislike Putin & Russia anyway? He took his country back from booz’in Boris Yeltsin, who was a pawn of the Larry Sumners led international merchants, who were raping every resource in Russia, for pennies on the ruble.

    Chess Master Kasparov hates Putin, for removing his chosen people, who almost had Russia fully pillaged and the peasant pensioner wealth wired out to London. Bobby Fischer checkmates Kasparov, every time.

    The Yale class of generational CIA, love the Russian bear as the big boogie man, because they want their CIA sons and daughters, to live the Cold War fun they had, fighting communism, in the great European cities of Helsinki, Rome, Paris and Berlin. Falling in love in Paris…saving the world…making sweet love…oh, those were the days. Me and Natasha, under the Eiffel Tower, in the summer of 52.

    Without Russia as the romantic evil foe, their sons and daughters are now stuck ducking, not f——, in the sand Hell of Kabul. Ain’t no sweet CIA Yale lov’in going down with the beekeeper women.

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  21. jeans2nd says:

    The Chinese Communist Party counterfeits U.S. currency.
    The CCP wants in Afghanistan for Afghanistan’s minerals.
    The CCP paying bribes to the Taliban makes more sense than Russia.

    Further, Russia’s economy is teetering on the brink right now, what with the price of oil being so low and Russia having more competitors (us) than ever before. Russia has no spare money to pay the Taliban for something the Taliban is going to do regardless of bounty or no bounty.

    And wouldn’t it be just like John Bolton, who is known for holding info back from Pres Trump, to pull a stunt like this bribe rumor as revenge on President Trump.

    Then again, does anyone in their right mind really believe anything the New York Times publishes anymore? And why would we?

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  22. jediphantom says:

    By going back to RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA again, the DEEP STATE SWAMP VARMINTS have given an opening for the release of more information regarding the CLINTON CAMPAIGNS OBVIOUS COLLABORATION WITH RUSSIAN MILITARY DISINFORMATION AGENTS.

    Keeping RUSSIA in the news is an ADVANTAGE for us. IF Barr and “DOOMER” are in fact doing anything at all. Did anyone notice how QUICKLY the CIA Director responded? WHY? Because she knows WHO was really working with RUSSIANS….and the POTUS ain’t the WHO.

    DEPLORABLE JEDI.

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  23. FreyFelipe says:

    A larger point is being missed here than who claimed what and to whom did they claim it and when did they claim it. Why are we even still in f-ing damned Afcrapistan anyway ? President Trump wanted to get out of that f-ing outhouse Afcrapistan 3 years ago, but the insufferable “geniuses” at the pentagon threatened to stage a freakout if he didn’t drag it out. Whatever there is to any of this, it is, of right, on them and their fanboys in the Senate and House.

    The US pays Afghan army and police to kill Taliban. In fact, we pay their whole pay checks. And sometimes the Afghan army and police kill American soldiers and not by accident either. Under Bush and Obama, and our idiot COIN Generals, the American paid Afghan army and police killed quite a number of US soldiers. And a lot of the American paid Afghan army and police ARE Taliban and many more are Taliban sympathizers who take our money and give the Taliban their tithing.

    And after all, there is a reason why morons and psychos like the insufferable Lindsey Graham, John Bolton, David Petraeus and James Mattis are not listed among the following wise men.

    Although we have seen stupid haste in war, there has never been a case of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare.
    – Sun Tzu

    I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity. Preventive war was an invention of Hitler. Frankly, I would not even listen to anyone seriously that came and talked about such a thing.
    – Dwight D. Eisenhower

    I confess, without shame, that I am sick and tired of fighting, its glory is all moonshine; even success the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies, with the anguish and lamentations of distant families, appealing to me for sons, husbands, and fathers. It is only those who have never heard a shot, never heard the shriek and groans of the wounded and lacerated that cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation.
    – William Tecumseh Sherman

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  24. gsonFIT says:

    Trump Doctrine is economic warfare with tactical surgical strikes for the most wanted terrorist principals. I love this new method.

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  25. An says:

    > paying cards
    > too make matters

    Just a few minor typos.

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  26. PMadison says:

    I’m stuck at this point: “… claiming President Trump is not doing anything about it.”

    Even if we believed the story, why does the NYTimes think that just because a criminal illegally leaked classified information to them that they suddenly know the entire story?

    How would the NYTimes know if President Trump is or is not doing anything about it? If he were, wouldn’t that information also be classified?

    And if the President were doing anything about it, why do they believe the criminal who illegally leaked classified information to them should have been told about what President Trump may or may not have chosen to do?

    And just because the NYTimes found a criminal willing to leak classified information to them, why does that now make it incumbent upon the President to reveal to the NYTimes what classified action he may or may not have chosen to take?

    Common sense suggests that if it were that easy to get a President to reveal his strategy, enemies of the US could easily plant stories with our corrupt and anti-American media, thus forcing the President to respond to by revealing all his classified actions in order to satisfy the media.

    I know the media is stupid enough not to have thought this through. Thank God President Trump isn’t.

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  27. omyword says:

    This is gaslighting and change of narrative hoopla. We know Iran was doing this and we also know obama was paying them along with stashing some off shore denero for himself. Its not just the demoncraps panicing, the RINOmoney repubi-cans are as well.

    What we have here is inpeachmint 2.0 of the president and his frothing at the mouth pit bull AG.

    SIC’EM BUTCH!

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  28. Joe Blow says:

    I’m old enough to remember when the left screamed that Trump was so unstable that he would get us into nuclear war with Russia.

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  29. todayistheday99 says:

    The NY Times is a propaganda outfit paid for buy anti- American CCP traitors. Why would any real American read that trash?

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  30. todayistheday99 says:

    The NY Times is a propaganda outfit paid for buy anti- American CCP traitors. Why would any real American read that trash?

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  31. Troublemaker10 says:

    Excerpt:

    One goal seems to be to paint Trump as someone who does not care about American soldiers. This talking point is odd. Iran reportedly offered the Taliban $1,000 bounties in 2010 for American soldiers’ deaths in Afghanistan. Not only was no action taken by President Obama at the time, six years later, he authorized the payment of $1.7 billion to the regime.

    By contrast, President Trump authorized the killing of Iran’s Qasem Soleimani, responsible for the deaths of more than 600 U.S. service members. When that happened, based on what the Trump administration said was responsibility for those deaths and intelligence that further attacks were planned, many in the media questioned the strength of that intelligence analysis.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/30/media-are-playing-games-yet-again-with-anonymous-russia-leaks/#.Xvs5GE9P_fU.twitter

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  32. jello333 says:

    Guess what? I trust Putin about 100 times more than I do our “media” and most of our politicians. And I can’t tell you how much I hope that he and Trump are in constant communication, maybe including cooperating in a planned take-down of globalists of every nationality.

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  33. Ray Runge says:

    This story has historical precedent via Charlie Wilson, a House member from Texas in the late 20th century. As Russia was becoming mired in the hell hole called Afghanistan, Charlie collected donations and personally helped supply Afghani forces that opposed the Russian foreign invasion. An on the gtround type of guy. Made life even more mired in the muck for the Russians.

    Very effective resistance until, lo many years later THE U.S. would send troops to become mired in the tribal badlands in Afghanistan for no reasons other than military spending. Tribal leaders will take whatever fund are available to oppose the contemporary occupier.

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  34. jx says:

    Jan 30 2011, the 6th day of Cairo protests, Clinton said:

    “We’re trying to promote an orderly transition and change that will respond to the legitimate grievances of the Egyptian people, which the protests are all about. We are urging the Mubarak government, which is still in power, we are urging the military, which is a very respected institution in Egypt, to do what is necessary to facilitate that kind of orderly transition.”

    Clinton is stating that her office is behind the protests and that Mubarak must step down. In essence, “Mr. Mubarak, please, if you would simply comply and not make a scene”

    Feb 11, 2011 Mubarak resigned. Operation Arab Spring toppled it’s first government.

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  35. JimWVa says:

    June 20, 2020: President Trump reopens his 2020 re-election campaign in Tulsa, announcing a redeployment of US service members from Germany, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    June 23. 2020: Republican Senators announce their opposition to the Commander-in-Chief’s order, citing Ukraine, Crimea and Putin.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-23/house-republicans-urge-trump-to-keep-u-s-troops-in-germany

    June 26, 2020: NY Times reports leaked White House classified information, packaged to reanimate Russian collusion attack on Trump.

    June 27-28, 2020: All DC talkers accuse the President of treason and betraying US troops on duty.

    June 29, 2020: John Bolton announces that he told the President ALL about the Russian plans a LONG time ago.

    In my opinion, this entire Putin – Taliban bounty affair is another “Lincoln Project” deployed by the UniParty Republicans. https://lincolnproject.us/news/betrayed/

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  36. Jenevive says:

    I just roll my eyes now with Russia, Russia, Russia..It has gotten old
    Russians everywhere, hiding in the bushes, under our beds, it ridiculous
    at this point.. Is there no other country that is causing trouble for us than
    Russia?? Why don;t they ever criticize CHINA? It is always Russia.

    We are back to Russia and now stories POTUS talked mean to lady world
    leaders..except the Queen..they probably only said that cuz likely
    QE2 would set the record straight.. so we are trying to alienate women
    now…wait for it before they trot out another woman for me too.
    and when that doesn;t work we get the mental issues with POTUS.

    z

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  37. guess pelosi and schumer forgot about their party’s involvement in funding the mujahideen during the soviet occupation of afghanistan. rep. charlie wilson (democrat) from texas was the driving force behind funneling weapons and ammo to the ‘rebels’. monies paid for by u.s. taxpayers.
    i suppose the zen master’s warning (we’ll see) was too esoteric for their small minds.

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  38. Jeffrey Coley says:

    I am shocked that Americas enemies are trying to kill our troops on the battlefield. Is there no decency left in the world?

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  39. Jeffrey Coley says:

    Does the Taliban really require an additional incentive to kill American troops? Is the New York Times under the impression that if only Trump had done … something, not sure what … then the Russian bounties would have ceased, and the Taliban would return to doing whatever it is they do instead of killing Americans?

    And do they realize, American troops are well armed and well protected and on the alert, trying to kill them isn’t as easy as, say, setting off a bomb in a London tube station as a crowd of mostly teenage girls emerges from a pop concert?

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    • jeans2nd says:

      FTA – “A Taliban spokesman called the story “baseless,” adding with apparent pride that “we” have done “target killings” for years “on our own resources.”

      The Taliban agrees with you and me. Guess that makes us Taliban-apologists, Jeffrey. We best turn ourselves in for wrong-think lol.

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  40. Troublemaker10 says:

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  41. Mike in a Truck says:

    Never Forget! It was Bush and Obama that set the world on fire.They both do the bidding of the Dark Angel.

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  42. dawg says:

    FOR GODS SAKE PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ADMINISTRATION,

    PLEASE DONT WASTE TIME DEFENDING YOURSELF FROM THIS BOGUS FAKE NEWS

    IGNORE IT, LAUGH IT OFF, AND TAKE THE NEXT QUESTION

    DO NOT FAN THE FLAMES!

    DO NOT TAKE A DEFENSIVE POSITION!

    LAUGH IT OFF AND SAY “NEXT?”

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  43. william paul says:

    WTF?
    If the US can offer bounty for Iran’s Suellimane and Syria’s Baghdadi, then the concept of Russians doing the same is expected and viable.

    This story is stupid under that concept.

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  44. keystonekon says:

    This one more anonymous leak is another distraction.

    Look over there, while we should be looking at the next few weeks leading up to November 3rd.
    The left will do anything, everything, “whatever it takes” To rid themselves of President Trump.

    Be concerned about the enemies within us, Democrats, Never-Trumpers, RINOs, The CDC liars, muslim camps, Soros-funded BLM do-gooders, and their rabid antifa cohorts bent on our total destruction as we approach our Independence Day celebrations. Be VERY AWARE! Pray! Pray some more!

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  45. anything came from NYT’s must be fake,
    anyway i have No fate on libreal journalisms and liar medias,
    After all They created fake BS,

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  46. Gunner says:

    ‘The Insufferable and Political Media Stupidity’…

    OK, then. We all know you can’t fix stupid…but you can remove it. Gettin’ closer to that day.

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  47. TwoLaine says:

    So, are you saying we funded the JV Team? 😉

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  48. corkyboyd says:

    This is a nothing story. The NY Times is making a mountain out a mole hill. Russia has been providing arms to the Taliban for years. In my book, this is far more dangerous than a payoff. If this is all the Times can come up with, Trump is on easy street.

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  49. I don’t understand the media’s SHOCK over the possibility that the Russians paid bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of American soldiers in Afghanistan. Didn’t WE finance the Afghan Mujahideen who fought the Russians for YEARS?

    IMO, the only way there would be any news value inregards to Russia in Afghanistan would be if they DIDN’T use it as a way to wage a proxy war against America.

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  50. John dowdall says:

    The left’s mantra is to keep Russia alive…can’t let the lie die. They have no credibility.
    Now if we are talking bounties…let’s talk about Buddy Ryan paying off his Eagle players to inflict damage onto the Cowboys. That story is accurate!

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